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Editorial: In a civilized society, not even the most vicious crimes justify a death sentence

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It is soul-bruising to contemplate the torture that 10-year-old Anthony Avalos endured in his Lancaster home for more than a week before dying last year. Whippings with a looped cord and belt. Repeatedly held upside down then dropped on his head. Getting slammed into pieces of furniture and against the floor. Hot sauce poured on his face and mouth.
The road map of the abuse stretched from head to toe on his small malnourished body — bruises, abrasions, scabs and cuts visible on the outside. Traumatic brain injury and soft tissue damage on the inside. All allegedly perpetrated by his mother, Heather Barron, and her boyfriend, Kareem Leiva.
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If ever a set of circumstances called for the death penalty, this would be it. Few were surprised when Los Angeles County prosecutors said Wednesday that if the couple is convicted of the torture-murder, the jury will be asked to recommend a death sentence.
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Pakistan: Murder convict executed

A murder convict was executed at Dera Ghazi Khan Central Jail on Tuesday. 

Police said Abdul Majeed, son of Ghulam Hussain, resident of Chah Gulwala in Taunsa tehsil, had murdered his brother Ali Ahmad and his nephew Abdul Aziz on November 22, 2002. 

Police said they had had a dispute over who would use the family's tractor. 

Ratera police had registered a case against him. 

Additional District and Sessions Judge Ishtiaq Ahmad had sentenced him to death on April 29, 2003. 

Majeed had appealed his case in the superior courts but they upheld his sentence. 

The president had rejected his mercy plea. 

He was hanged on Tuesday and his body was handed over to his family.

Source: The Express Tribune, October 28, 2015

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